India is not the only country that has a long tradition of venerating a saint or holy figure.
According to a study by the Pew Research Center, nearly 70% of the world’s population worships a holy figure or a religious figure with a significant impact on their lives.
India, however, has a particularly interesting mix of religious and secular people.
A study by Pew found that a quarter of Indians are atheists or agnostics, with more than one-third of these people having no religion.
There is a wide range of views in India, from people who feel a religious connection to the Indian gods, to those who believe that religion is a “foreign construct” that has influenced modern India.
A recent poll conducted by the Center for Research on Globalization and the World Values Survey found that the majority of Indians consider the world to be one big “foreign religion,” with more people identifying as atheist than religious.
However, these opinions can be highly polarizing.
For example, the survey found that 70% believe that atheism is a negative force in India.
This is a huge problem for a country where religion is still an important part of the fabric of Indian society.
In this series of posts, we will explore how India’s unique mix of religiosity and secularism allows for the flourishing of a unique form of Christianity in India today.